Every year Zara dedicates her time and skills to a philanthropic impact project, creating a documentary for an organisation to use for promotion, awareness and fundraising. She debuted as a filmmaker with 'A Spirited Journey' - a documentary filmed in Nepal in 2020. It was shortlisted at the Pinewood Studios Lift -Off First Time Filmmaker Festival in 2021 and was awarded the Technical Award for Best Production - Documentary at the Inaugural Global Tourism Film Festival. The film about marginalised and disabled women and follows the works of the UN-supported charity, Seven Women.
In June 2022, Zara undertook her second philanthropic filming project, shooting a short documentary for CHAS (Children's. Hospices Across Scotland) over 10 days while climbing the world's highest freestanding mountain in the world at 19,340 feet - Kilimanjaro. The film captures the beauty of the mountain and the experience of grieving parents who conquer the mountain in memory of the loved ones they lost. The documentary is currently in post-production.
In February this year, Zara will travel to rural Guatemala to discover the challenges communities face accessing education as she document the lives of children benefitting from Rotary International literacy projects.
Zara has recently been commissioned by BBC Studios to make a series of Short Stuff videos as a writer, filmmaker and performer. She is a trained video journalist with eight years experience self-shooting and editing for news and daily entertainment shows. She films with Sony & DSLR cameras and edits on Avid & Premiere Pro.
Zara has produced and directed NTA & BAFTA winning shows, videos, documentaries and segments. She also works in production for branded content. During her time as a Creative Producer for Press Association she secured an iVisa for work in the US where she worked covering World Pride, Stonewall 50.
Zara has worked directly with Cara Delevingne, Sir Richard Branson, The US Secretary of State John Kerry, Tony Blair and Jane Goodall DBE.